Bondage Of Education

From a very early age I can remember my parents, teachers, and friends discussing this idea of education. What it is, what it should be, what it could be, but more importantly how I would use it to “further” my life. I had this notion that education was going to school, memorizing what the teacher said, applying it to a test, and repeating the routine for the next twelve years. The term “career ready” is not only what gave me the desire to have straight A’s in high school, but what brought me to a university. I came with hope to finally break away from the restraint that I believed was only a result of what a high school education could do to an individual’s mind, but quickly came to realize that a “liberal education” from college was not that different. Liberal education was designed to free individuals from the bonds that society placed upon them, but present-day education is what holds those bonds together.

I will never forget the first time I failed a test. It was in fifth with one of my favorite teachers. I remember receiving the test back with a zero on the front and instantly covering the test up so no one could not see the sign of failure. The teacher must have seen my shock because I was told to stay after class. She explained to me how I had made a 100 but I did not “take the test right” which is what resulted in the zero. From then on, I developed what college students call “test anxiety.” I worked to follow directions, to be structured, and to never ask a question that could possibly be wrong. I made straight A’s, participated in school organizations, was president of my class, and lived to fill the resume that would be sent to potential colleges. I did what students are expected to do. When I came to college I was excited because I could finally learn outside the perimeters of standardized tests. What I did not expect was to hear phrases from professors such as, “don’t worry this will not be on the test,” or having to spend thirty minutes of class listening to students ask how many questions will be on the exam. Teachers from my high school always told us, “college will not be like this, so enjoy it while you can,” but it was all the same. Listen, take notes, memorize, take test, repeat.

I began to realize that maybe this was what education was intended to be. A system that engrains students with the idea that to conform and restrain one’s mind to standardization is what makes us “successful.” David Brooks discusses how college students are “goal-orientated… a means for self-improvement, resume-building, and enrichment. College is just one step on the continual stairway of advancement and they are always aware that they must get to the next step.” Students go through elementary, junior high, high school, and now even universities not to “free our minds” or truly educating ourselves, but to climb the ladder of social order. One can relate education to Plato’s cave allegory, “they are in it from childhood with their legs and necks in bonds so that they are fixed, seeing only in front of them unable because of the bond to turn their heads.” This system of education that parents, professors, politicians, employers, and even students talk so highly about is not about producing the world’s next great minds, it is about producing the world’s next source of capital. Society has taken a liberal education and twisted it to where it will fit students into its workplace.

Everyone says that your first semester of college is the hardest. You move away from home, meet new people, and are thrown into a whole new environment. I knew it would be tough, but never thought I would be the student that curled onto her dorm room rug and cried over a seventy-eight on a couple of tests. I had made back-to-back “failing grades” in my mind and had the mindset that I could never recover. What could I accomplish without a 4.0 GPA and four years on the Deans List? To make matters worse, I received a zero for a homework assignment. Believing that there must have been something wrong, I made my way to my TAs office hours where he proceeded to tell me that I did great on the assignment but had to give me a zero based on a small technicality. That is when I had the realization that a modern-day college education has nothing to do with a liberal education. From then on, every test I would take and grade that followed would no longer determine how I would go about learning. I decided that in order to receive a true liberal education I had to throw away every concept of what I thought education was. In Plato’s book I was reminded that “education is not what the professions of certain men assert it to be” and when I decided to make my way out of ‘the cave’ of education I was thankful for the realization that I had broken the bonds that society tried so hard to place tightly around me. Leo Strauss said that a “liberal education supplies us with experience in things beautiful,” and that is when an individual is truly free.

I sometimes think about where I would be if I had the mindset that I do now about education when I received that zero if fifth grade. Would I have waved it in the air as a badge of pride representing how I refused to conform to the institution instead of hiding it from my friends in shame or would I had done it all the same? A true liberal education is what enables individuals to achieve, admire, and model greatness. So, when I hear a professor repeat the phrase “don’t worry, this won’t be on the test,” a part of me wonders if even they have given up on helping break the bonds placed upon us.

Step To Make College Student Became Courageous

As educators, we know one of the best traits that can aid in success is confidence. Self-doubt can kill dreams and a lack of belief in oneself can deter anyone from achieving a goal and becoming successful. However, confidence is often something that we have or need at any given time. We need confidence, even for the smaller day to day routine things that we do. On the other hand, sometimes, we need courage to get through a situation. Courage is pushing through when things are tough or create fear. For example, it might take confidence to ace the final exam, but it takes courage to stick out a degree program when it puts finances in jeopardy, reduces work-life balance, and all your support systems are against you going for this goal.

As educators, we will see many students each year that need to build up their courage. They need our help and guidance on how to be courageous in a time of fearfulness or anxieties. Students face many life events along their four plus years with us, and to help them achieve their goal of earning a degree, we must also provide mentorship on how to be courageous.

Here are 3 ways you can guide students into being more courageous:

  1. Reduce Fears and Anxieties

If you want your students to be more courageous, remember that as a professor, your role is to teach, guide, model and inspire, not to show students how tough “the real world is.” Learning new content and balancing education with life is already hard enough, no need to instill fear on top of this. As an added bonus, as you minimize fears and anxieties, and students push through, they build confidence.

To minimize fears and anxieties in your students, there are several things you can do, here are some tips:

  • Set course expectations up front.
  • Link students to helpful resources.
  • Give them tips on what to do if they encounter technology problems.
  • Provide your contact information and answer emails/calls in less than 24 hours.
  • Give a little leeway in the event a student had a major life event occur during a specific week.
  • Humanize yourself. You can do this by sharing a little about who you are personally, doing videos in the courseroom, using humor, building rapport.
  • Don’t give negative feedback in the open forum. Use personal email or gradebook feedback.
  • Give feedback on assignments and discussion questions. This helps the student to know what they have done well with and where they can improve. No feedback leaves students in the dark as to what they can improve on and how.
  1. Encourage Students to Focus on What They Can Control

In a classroom setting, you are the authority. Students may feel intimidated at times or feel that they have limited power. Perhaps they don’t like the content, don’t understand it, or are having personal troubles while also trying to manage their education. As a professor, if you want to increase your student’s courage, help students to focus on what is in their control. This will help students persevere in the face of adversity or trials because they will realize they are not completely powerless.Here are some tips you can share with students to help empower them to take control over their education:

  • Give students tips on avoiding procrastination
  • Share resources on balancing life and work
  • Give students tools on how to achieve better time management
  • Help students become intentional about their leaning. You can provide them with assessments that can help them better understand how they learn. (Check out the Learning Connections Inventory (LCI) through Let Me learn).
  • Share school/university resources.
  • Educate students on the importance of, and how to, build support systems and strong networks.
  • Teach students how to create SMART goals.
  • Encourage students to take an honest look at the people and activities in their lives. Then have them personally assess what/who might be best to cut versus keep in order to achieve those SMART goals.
  1. Teach Communication Skills

It takes courage to do something when you are scared or to press on in the event of pain and sadness. It is important to let students know that they are valuable and can use their voice to make a difference. By teaching students how to speak up, you empower them to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others- and that often takes a lot of courage. In today’s society, the next generation in line must be heard. They are facing extreme levels of violence and rage, but the power of speech can change that and create a positive movement. As a professor, you can also educate your students on how to speak up on less socially involved issues, but still critical aspects of a student’s life; for example, how to speak up for an advancement or say no to outside tasks that don’t fit their goals.

Here are some ways you can help students improve their communication:

  • Educate students on the importance of various communication styles (formal, informal, verbal, non verbal).
  • Provide tips on how to use social media- alongside pros and cons.
  • Provide guidance on how to listen and the value of patience.
  • Educate students on how certain words can be perceived as having self-doubt. (For example, watching how often a student leads with “I think” or “I feel” in negotiating or business).
  • Model being respectful and discuss the importance of having an open mind.
  • Provide feedback on how to be clear and concise, yet substantially answer a question.
  • Share resources, such as books, articles and videos on how to communicate with confidence.

By boosting students’ levels of courage, we are helping them to persevere through the trials and tribulations that life throw at them while they are taking a leap of faith into bettering their lives. As we boost courage, we also instill confidence. Courage and confidence are two key ingredients into helping our students reach their goals, obtain dreams and earn their degree. It is in these amazing students and their achievements that we are fortunate enough as professors to leave a bit of our legacy, behind.

How To Selecting College

For many high schools juniors and seniors, selecting a college is the biggest decision they have ever had to make. It can be an emotional decision and of course, a financial one. To find the best college for you takes time and research. There are certainly a lot of steps in selecting a college but here are five that you should consider.

1. Determine What You Want to Do: Do you know what field of study you would like to focus on? If you are exploring careers, reach out to people who are already working in those areas. For example, if you wish to become a veterinarian, interview several veterinarians to learn what they do. Ask them how they like their job, what are their day-to-day duties, etc. In whatever field you chose, it’s important to understand what you would be getting into.

2. Conduct Your Research: Research multiple colleges to determine which one will meet your need. Finding the college that meets your needs is one of the most important decisions in the college selection process. You don’t have to attend one of “name brand” schools if they don’t fit your needs. Your needs fall into several categories such as career needs, financial needs and possibly location needs. Do you want to attend a large school or a school with a small student population? Do want to attend an all male or female institution? These and others are the type of needs you will need to research to make a decision.

3. Financial Documents: Make sure you have completed all of the required financial paperwork that your school requires. The majority of colleges will need for you to complete the FAFSA application. Get started early in gathering and completing your financial paperwork because it can help to relieve stress as you narrow your collegiate choices.

4. Find Money: College is expensive. Determining how to pay for it can be a stressful process. Start early applying for scholarships. There are multiple sites such as FastWeb and Scholarships.com where you can research scholarships. You will also have to decide if you will pursue college loans. If you chose this route, make sure you understand that college debt can be a hindrance after you graduate because you are obligated to pay the loan back. So think about this decision carefully.

5. Be Selective: After you conduct your research you will then have to narrow your choices down to a few colleges. You don’t want to waste time applying to colleges that don’t fit your needs. So be selective in picking colleges that you really want to attend. Make sure these colleges fit your needs and are ones that will help you obtain the career you are seeking.

While knowing what you want to do for a career is important, there are times when you may be undecided, and that’s fine also. Many times you can use your freshman or sophomore years in college to help you select a major. Do not let the fear of not knowing what to do stop you from achieving your dreams of a college degree. Explore, ask questions, and learn from your experiences. Your dream of a college degree can come true.

The Role Of Higher Education

Changes in operational procedure, management styles and services offered to clients and customers characterize many places of employment. An examination of the internet and other media reveals the rapid development of new products and seamless modifications of existing ones. A factor which caused major changes in people’s income, lifestyle and attitude, is the disruptions in the world’s financial market. Given the fact that change is a global reality, one role of higher education institutions is to enable students to not just function effectively in rapidly changing workplace environments, but to become reflective agents of change.

Being a reflective agent of change

Broadly speaking, a reflective agent of change makes use of reflection in the process of effecting change. Specifically, it involves both cognitive and affective processes such as employing self-directed critical thinking as a means of improving workplace conditions policies and procedures. The reflective agent of change develops an ‘uneasiness’ about protocol, process and procedure which leads to questioning of these aspects of the workplace, trying out new strategies and ideas, seeking alternatives, and using higher-order-thinking skills. The development and use of self-directed critical thinking and ongoing critical inquiry will also result in greater understanding of the workplace. This kind of knowledge is critical to the implementation of appropriate changes in the workplace because, successful changes to policies or procedure depend on knowledge of the nuances, thinking of the employers and employees and overall ethos of the workplace.

Secondly, being a reflective agent of change also involves the use of one’s affective skills as a means of improving practice. Markham (1999), points out that this includes the use of personal intuition, initiative, values, and experiences in the process of making sound judgment and decisions. If affective skills are honed, they will improve one’s ability to react, respond, assess, revise, and implement new approaches and activities.

Thirdly, being a reflective agent of change also requires a willingness to confront the uncertainties of one’s philosophies which undergird judgments, decisions and ideas for change. This is developed by examining ‘self’, personal competences and personal philosophies in a collaborative manner involving receiving, and giving feedback to colleagues

Developing reflective agents of change

From personal research in the area of reflection and reflective teaching (Minott 2009), I conclude that everyone has the capacity to reflect, for reflection is an element of being human. However, I also agree with Posner (1989) that there are ‘more’ or ‘less’ reflective individuals, hence there are ‘more’ or ‘less’ reflective students. This conclusion also highlights the fact that there are those who, for any number of reasons, for example, training or a lack of training in reflective techniques, or personal disposition and likeness or dislike for reflection, emerges as being either ‘more’ or ‘less’ reflective. Therefore, three things are required to develop students as reflective agents of change.

Firstly, there is the need to ascertain their belief and disposition on the matter of reflection. Again personal research (Minott 2009) as confirmed by popular theories, that students’ belief can hinder or help. In this process, it is important to help students to bring their embedded beliefs, values and assumptions about reflection to the fore for examination before beginning the process of encouraging their reflective skills.

Secondly, there is the need to develop students’ proficiency in the use of the techniques and tools of reflection. This includes the use of reflective journal writing, collaborative exercises, the use of questions, and what to question.

Thirdly, there is the need to encourage the affective or intuitive aspect of the practice, for example, sensitivity to factors that make particular ways of operating more or less appropriate, willingness and the capacity to ‘research’ their own work, and an awareness that the choices they make on the job are shaped by their belief.

Institution For Community Governance

Ronald Barnett in his book “The Idea of Higher Education” says that governance of institutions of higher education which includes policy-making and strategic planning should be an expression of the will of the entire academic community. He states that boards of directors and vice chancellors are primarily interested in financial status, the essentials for operating, and that over endorsing the use of performance indicators and systems of appraisals is likely to diminish the feeling of community throughout an institution. When Barnett uses the term “community of scholars” he means a group of academicians/scholars having an internal culture of sharing and a common set of interests. Developing this “community” in universities can be realised, but can be hampered by managers whose primary focus is the cost and essentials of operating.

As I reflect on Barnett’s book and statements, I realise that a participatory approach manifested in a collaborative form of internal government is generally an excellent principle to guide the management of higher education institutions. Indeed there are benefits to employing a participatory approach to higher education governance. Doing so aids in establishing a balance between administrative and scholastic interests and also maintains the feeling of “community” in an institution. Additionally, if the faculty is allowed to participate in the development of policies and the governing body implements these policies harmony will be the result.

What I am advocating is a process of amalgamation of faculty and staff involvement, faculty resources and managerial techniques in the governance of an institution. Specifically, this requires four things: firstly, staff and faculty commenting on areas such as the use and distribution of funds and the effective use of resources; secondly, the development of a process of soliciting their opinions and comments; thirdly, ensuring that opinions and comments are taken into account when implementing policies and making decisions which affect the entire academic community; fourthly, if a collaborative form of internal government is to be truly successful, it requires the use of appraisal schemes aimed at balancing managerial techniques with faculty and staff involvement in governance. This appraisal scheme will also serve the purpose of determining the extent to which the views of the academic community are being considered.

Globally, there are many issues facing those who lead higher education institutions. These include the need to receive government and research funding in order to operate effectively and to show that the institution is not an ivory tower but is relevant and responsive to the needs of the local community. The need to provide training and expertise in developing a knowledgeable labour force that is equipped to participate in the development of local and national goals is also important. Another issue that is real to any institution of higher education, especially in the developing world, is that of resources and the growing demands placed on those institutions to be self-sufficient, accountable and produce more with less.

These and other issues faced by institutions of higher education might encourage boards of governors to focus on the financial status and essentials of operating. However, to successfully navigate these issues requires a tempering of the control exhibited by boards with staff involvement. In other words, there is a need for a collaborative form of internal government in higher education institutions. For indeed, more wisdom can be garnered from a group of people than from a single individual armed only with managerial techniques.

Tips To Get Into US Universities

The United States of America is the world’s largest educational hub for the students around the world with an approximate 1,000,000 participation so far in different courses. The stat says, 5% of the aspirants in higher studies are from different part of the world, and it implies education system of the nation is top-notch; which has been mainstream of many success stories around the globe since a long ago. We can say that these numbers are not going to find a pause at least for next few years though!

The boundless reasons and opportunities attract the students to spend precious time in the USA to pursue undergraduate and graduate level programs. However, one should know the benefits and offers provided by the USA to the International student. Nevertheless, it would help to plan the journey in a smooth way.

On the other hand, an aspirant should be thoughtful about the decision to study abroad; perhaps the lack of transparency in approach would lead to tiff situations.

The ideal way to prepare for the big day:

It’s a dream for many to study in the US, and it’s not as easy as eating cherry on a chocolate cake. The process starts by filling an application form and understanding the guidelines to be a part of the certain course. On the other hand, competition environment demands the student to prepare for the entrance tests even before joining the university or college. Thus, patience and self-belief are essential to be in the race; eventually, your hard work and consistency can bring a smile to your face during result time.

Moving further, gathering informative details about the college/university helps you to make a firm decision on your selection, also you will have a clear thought about your preference. Hence, the collected information would be your guide to make your next move.

The meaning of the life comes into the picture when you take a brave step to face the new situations as a challenge. When an individual chooses to change the way he/she lived, ate, spoke and led the life, it results in the change in an approach of that person towards the society. In the same way, aspirants who are anticipating to move abroad might leave their home out of the blue, possibly without any clue about the life in other parts of the world. When they touch base in their new host nation, they are entranced by the new breeze, and new environment though, but the difference will be felt from the day one. Self-enlightenment would help you to adjust the routine cycle; however, you don’t need to plan anything before catching your flight to your destination but you should be mentally prepared for the new beginning.

And then again you will find that you have an opportunity to live the life which you dreamt off and appreciate the people around you and their culture, hence it could be a new version of yourself.

Maybe the adjustments and routine in a new place are basic, academics are imperative to plan your next few years in the country. Perhaps then there is a small hook between two different parts of your life which interconnects the whole system and you will experience it when you start realizing the correlation. This could be the reason why education system in the US is certain about giving prominence to the balance in a routine of the student. So, the dominance of the academics in student’s daily do is balanced with free time.

If you are capable of understanding self within, you will be a winner of any situation and take your own decision to lead the life in a sensible way. To make this happen; education is necessary, when you choose to travel abroad you are half done with your journey, and the life will treat you as a responsible person.

Benefit Of Studying Abroad

The option to study abroad can present a wide range of beneficial experiences for the young person. One of the most appealing aspects is the ability to learn and appreciate the culture of a different country and really see how other people live. Plus, it can really help to bring out a person’s independent nature. Let’s take a look at four of the key benefits:

Discover a new country

A great reason to apply to study abroad is the opportunity to experience life in a brand-new country. This makes it possible to appreciate different activities, customs, and outlooks. In addition to studying, the time in your host country can include exploring the local landmarks, museums, natural wonders and new terrains. Also, there may be plenty of opportunities to visit neighboring countries. For instance, if you are studying in a European country, it can be very easy to reach other major cities like Rome, Barcelona, Paris and London.

Great education

The ability to study aboard makes it possible to learn a qualification or experience a different style of education that isn’t an option at home. Also, when you are away from home with fewer distractions, there is a greater chance that you will fully immerse yourself in your education.

Also, this has the potential to enhance your future career opportunities because the option to study abroad will show you have a willingness to learn, a great education, the likelihood of better language skills, and a new perspective on culture.

Experience a new culture

For many young students, this could be their first time away from home for an extended period of time. This makes it a great time to learn many new life experiences, including the local culture of the host country. Even after a short period of time in a new country, you can soon learn to appreciate and understand the local people, social atmospheres, traditions, customs, and history.

Discover new interests

A further wonderful reason to look elsewhere to study is the ability to discover new interests and activities. Many of the new things picked up in a host country may not even be possible at home. After trying out new things, there is a chance that you will find you have a talent for a local activity or sport like golf, snow skiing, water sports or hiking. Also, there will likely be plenty of fun and exciting ways to stay entertained, such as going to concerts, nightclubs, movies, or plays.

Understanding Clinical Research

Device and drug testing commences with laboratory research that can encompass years of experiments on animals and on human cells. If the primary laboratory research turns out to be successful, then the researchers send the information to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for consent for the continuation of the research and testing on humans.

Once the drug and device has been approved, human testing of the experimental drug and the devices can commence and typically takes place in four different stages. Every phase is considered as separate trials and after the completion of the specific phases, the investigators have to turn in their data from FDA prior to continuing to the next phase.

Procedure of human clinical trails

Phase I studies

The phase 1 studies evaluate the safety of the drug or the device. This primary phase of testing can take up to multiple months to finish, normally encompasses a small number of healthy volunteers mainly from 20 to 100 people. The people are paid for participating in the phase. The whole study is designed to determine the impact of the device or the drug on humans including how it is taken in, metabolised and then excreted. This phase of study also investigates side effects, if any, which might occur when the number of doses is increased. More than 65% of the experimental drugs have to undergo this phase of testing.

Phase II studies

The second phase of study tests the efficacy of the device or the drug. This second phase of study can last up to several months or up to two years and includes multiple patients. Most of the second phase of studies are unsystematic trials where a group of patients is divided into two, first group of the patients get the experimental drug while the second half of the whole group gets a standard treatment or a placebo. Often this phase is blinded which signifies that neither the researcher nor the patient is aware of which group received the experimental drug. This permits the investigators to offer pharmaceutical company and the FDA comparative details about the relative safety and effectiveness of the fairly new drug. One third of the experimental drugs successfully finish both the initial phases of the studies.

Phase III studies

This phase of study includes unsystematic as well as blind testing in multiple hundreds to thousands of patients. This broad scale testing that can last upto multiple years offer the FDA and the pharmaceutical company a detailed comprehension of the effectiveness of the drug or the device, the perks and the range possible adverse reaction of the drug or device. More than 70 to 90% of the drugs that make it to this phase are able to complete the requirement of the testing of this phase. Once the third phase has been completed, the pharmaceutical company can make a request to the FDA to approve the marketing of the drug or device.

Phase IV studies

The study of the fourth stage is known as the post-marketing surveillance trails that are conducted after the device or the drug has been approved for sale to the consumers. The pharmaceutical companies have multiple objectives at this stage, such as:

  • Compare the new drug with the drugs that already exist in the market.
  • Monitor the long term effectiveness of the drug as well as its impact on the life of the patient.
  • Determine the cost effectiveness of the drug therapy with the traditional as well as new therapies.

The fourth phase of studies can result in the device or the drug being taken off from the market or restrictions being placed on its use depending upon the outcome that it can produce in the market.

Conquer Your Dreaming For Study Abroad

Studying Abroad is one of the most beneficial decisions for a student, as it not only help them find better career opportunities, but also give them the best experience of a new culture. But just only the thought of leaving your country and settling down in a new place gives Goosebumps. There are a number of things you need to plan and prepare for and if you literally have no idea about what next to do, so, you shouldn’t hesitate to consult Study Abroad Consultants. They will guide you the best for your future. But before that takes a look at the challenges a student may face and how to successfully conquer them.

  • Problem In Finding The Right University: One of the common problem students who want to study abroad face is that they fail to find out the right university to take admission for their bright future. And approaching the consultant is the solution to the problem, as they guide you chooses not only the right course, but also helps in admission and university selection, etc.
  • Accommodation Problems: Visiting a new country and finding the best, safe and cheapest accommodation is easier said than done. Consulting the experts help you find the best accommodation without falling into a fake trap. To conquer the problem, you need to book a place before you leave the country, so, you have a roof to stay in a new place.
  • VISA And Other Documentation: Most of the students fail to go abroad for their higher study because they fail to pass the VISA interview or submitting all the documents required for the same. Well, the only solution to the problem is approaching Study VISA Consultants, who help you arrange all the documents in a correct manner and also prepare you for the VISA interview.
  • Financial Problem: Pursuing higher studies in abroad is costly and therefore, it is important to prepare a budget to sort the things out. Make sure you plan for everything and have some savings to survive in a new country.

These are some of the common problems students may face and one can easily conquer them. Make sure you approach a highly experienced and knowledgeable Overseas Study Consultants, as they’ll help you overcome all the barriers and ease the overall process for you. They’ll help you, from the counseling to final immigration; so, you can mount heights in your career, where sky is the limit.

How To Get Political Career Studies

Politicians in every area of our lives can and should be evaluated against the highest standards of behavior, performance and character before we support them. Political leaders need to know that we have high expectations and will hold them accountable for what they say and do.

The tool that follows will give College Students and others a way to determine how well a Politician’s thinking and behavior matches up with the evaluator’s expectations. Students should read each statement carefully and make a strong effort to be objective.

Your response to each statement should be supported with multiple facts and examples. Cherry picking and including only single events and limited information that supports personal biases will make the results worthless. No evaluation tool works well when it is improperly used to support existing beliefs rather than reveal the truth.

How To Use This Evaluation Tool

a) Name of the Politician: ______________________________________

Title/Location: _____________________________________________

b) Think about this Politician’s words, actions and behavior during the past year or two. Read each statement in A – I below and assign a 1, 0 or -1.

1 = The Politician’s performance in this area is very good.

0 = The Politician’s performance in this area is acceptable.

-1 = The Politician’s performance in this area is very bad.

√ Note: When the statement is not applicable to the Politician being evaluated, you have no opinion on the issue or you just do not know, assign a ‘0.’

c) Before you get started, indicate your current thinking about the qualifications and performance of this Politician. Circleyour answer.

This Politician is: 1) Very Good 2) Acceptable 3) Poor 4) Very Bad

A. RESPECT

1. This Politician is respected and looked up to by most people. ____

2. This Politician has gained the respect of many other well-known and highly respected leaders, even those who sometimes disagree with him/her. ____

3. With other leaders within our country and around the world, this Politician is respectful and diplomatic. ____

4. This Politician is known for treating everyone with courtesy, dignity and respect. ____

5. This Politician clearly respects the truth, facts and ethical behavior. ____

Section Total – Respect _______

B. HONESTY

6. This Politician is always sincere, forthright and impartial. ____

7. This Politician admits mistakes, failures and set-backs. ____

8. This Politician does not deceive or mislead people. ____

9. This Politician requires complete honesty and transparency from those around him/her. ____

10. The statements and behavior of this Politician clearly show him/her to be honest in every situation. ____

Section Total – Honesty _______

C. ETHICAL BEHAVIOR

11. This Politician stands for and always demonstrates the highest levels of ethical behavior and character. ____

12. This Politician always rejects attempts by influential friends and self-interested outsiders to influence his/her behavior or decisions so they can benefit in some way. ____

13. This Politician never participates in any illegal or questionable behavior or activities that could lead to his/her personal gain. ____

14. This Politician would never hide, twist or cloud information or events to prevent the truth from coming out. ____

15. This Politician is known for always doing the right thing. ____

Section Total – Ethical Behavior _______

D. TRUST

16. This Politician always delivers on and keeps his/her promises. ____

17. This Politician’s words/actions are consistent and can be trusted. ____

18. This Politician strives to make things clear and understandable. ____

19. This Politician is completely reliable. ____

20. This Politician will not unexpectedly change direction, leave us wondering what has happened or let us down. ____

Section Total – Trust _______

E. PERSONAL IMAGE

21. This Politician is always viewed by others in a positive way. ____

22. This Politician is classy and gracious. ____

23. This Politician has a stellar reputation. ____

24. People feel excited about working with this Politician. ____

25. This Politician is approachable, friendly, courteous and expresses genuine interest in things that affect or concern you. ____

Section Total – Personal Image _______

F. PERSONAL BEHAVIOR

26. This Politician does not use personal attacks, name calling, false statements and incorrect information to discredit those who oppose his/her goals, beliefs, statements or behavior. ____

27. This Politician seeks and appreciates honest feedback, is a good listener and listens with an open mind. ____

28. This Politician acts thoughtfully, responsibly and deliberately. ____

29. This Politician is good at building and strengthening relationships. ____

30. This Politician does not abuse or manipulate people and does not play them or use them. ____

Section Total – Personal Behavior _______

G. POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

31. This Politician has a high regard for the Rule of Law. ____

32. This Politician wants to serve all of his/her constituents. ____

33. This Politician is willing to work with members of the other Political Party in order to build consensus and pass legislation that will solve problems faced by constituents. ____

34. This Politician keeps his/her campaign promises. ____

35. This Politician holds the Constitution in high regard and personally demonstrates the values and principles that make our Country great. ____

Section Total – Political Philosophy _______

H. JOB PERFORMANCE

36. This Politician has clear goals and plans that are well communicated so that everyone around him/her knows and understands where he/she wants to take our Country and can support that effort. ____

37. This Politician uses experts, research and reliable information to better understand the options and consequences before making decisions. ____

38. This Politician is always looking to the future and strongly supports the businesses, research, technologies, job training and jobs that will keep our country safe and prosperous. ____

39. This Politician demonstrates the ability to bring about consensus, solve problems and overcome obstacles in order to get things done. ____

40. This Politician effectively serves the best interests of constituents. ____

Section Total – Job Performance _______

I. POLITICAL BEHAVIOR

41. This Politician will protect our Country from all threats to our national security and any foreign interference in the democratic process. ____

42. This Politician will fight for middle/working class Americans and place their needs and welfare ahead of his/her own, ahead of his/her political party and will not favor multi-millionaires over middle class taxpayers. ____

43. This Politician will work diligently to increase the number of higher paying jobs that are available to middle/working class wage earners. ____

44. To combat efforts to influence the decisions and votes of this Politician, he/she will work to close loopholes and limit the amount of money that can be donated to or obtained/received by politicians or their campaigns from large corporations, lobbyists, special interests and other sources. ____

45. This Politician will stand up against anyone who obstructs, slows down or tries to divert the political and legal processes in our Country. ____

Section Total – Political Behavior _______

RESULTS: Double check your responses in A – I above to be certain that your answers were completely objective and not influenced by personal biases. Make any changes that are necessary. After you double check your answers, record the section totals below and circle your answers (Yes or No) to the following questions:

1. Respect (Section Total ____ ) – Does this Politician demonstrate the level of respect you require of a leader? Yes No

2. Honesty (Section Total ____ ) – Does this Politician demonstrate the level of honesty you require of a leader? Yes No

3. Ethical Behavior (Section Total ____ ) – Does this Politician demonstrate the level of ethical behavior you require of a leader? Yes No

4. Trust (Section Total ____ ) – Does this Politician demonstrate the level of trust you require of a leader? Yes No

5. Image (Section Total ____ ) – Does this Politician demonstrate the image you require of a leader? Yes No

6. Personal Behavior (Section Total ____ ) – Does this Politician demonstrate the personal behavior you require of a leader? Yes No

7. Political Philosophy (Section Total ____ ) – Does this Politician demonstrate the political philosophy you require of a leader? Yes No

8. Job Performance (Section Total ____ ) – Does this Politician demonstrate the job performance you require of a leader? Yes No

9. Political Behavior (Section Total ____ ) – Does this Politician demonstrate the political behavior you require of a leader? Yes No

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Grand Total(Combined Section Totals _____ ) – Based on the Grand Total, should you support this Politician in his/her current position or as he/she seeks higher office? See the chart below, then answer Yes or No.

Grand Total – Combined Section Totals for this Political Leader:

25 to 45 = You think this person is a Very Good politician

10 to 24 = You think this person is an Acceptable politician

1 to 9 = You think this person is a Weak politician

-1 to -9 = You think this person is a Poor politician

-10 to -45 = You think this person is a Very Bad politician

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Did this score’ Confirm’ or did it ‘Change’ your opinion of this Politician?

Circle one: 1) It Confirmed My Opinion 2) It Changed My Opinion

Document your reasons for Supporting or Not Supporting this Politician.

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Selecting the most qualified, effective, respected and upstanding candidate for a Political office is critical to the success of our country. Whenever you have a say in the election process, a great responsibility is being placed on your shoulders. Take that responsibility seriously and endeavor to make an objective decision based on facts and information.

In the political arena, all of us should find our voice with regard to improving the quality of our political leaders. Test this tool by using it to evaluate the politicians that touch you and your family the most. It will help to reveal both the strengths and weaknesses of the politician.

You can also use this tool to compare candidates in upcoming political races and then use the results to make your choice.